The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
welcomes that at this stage the European Commission is refraining from regulatory measures and supports it in its determination to apply the relevant competition rules;
notes that particular attention is to be paid to the traditional retail banks ("boring banking") as a key intermediary of such products and services;
recommends taking steps to ensure that the tax arrangements for products and services are no longer an obstacle to fair competition;
urges the Commission to make provision for appropriate, independent, obligatorily certified comparison tools for different financial products in the various legal jurisdictions of the EU;
recommends regulation of non-European IT giants which use their customer databases to offer customised products for direct sale without being subject to EU rules;
recommends that the Commission define additional products, which are simple, with the same characteristics so that they are transparent and can be compared to the consumer products already set out in the action plan.